Don’t Straddle the Fence

Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.   (James 1:6)

When I was in the 4th grade, our neighbor had a basketball goal that I wanted to play with. They didn’t mind if we came over and played. My problem was the chain link fence that stood between me and that goal. Now there was a gate I could have used but it was on the other side of the yard. I didn’t want to take the time to walk around to the gate so, I decided to take the short cut and climb the fence.

I was never a good climber and this particular day would prove that point. As I got near the top, I tried to throw my leg over and slipped. I did mention it was a chain link fence, right? I suddenly found myself straddling the fence, holding my weight above the rusty spikes. My hands were bleeding, teardrops were falling, arms were shaking trying to keep from sitting down and causing unmentionable damage for what seemed like an eternity. I finally leaned and fell into the neighbor’s yard cutting my pants and my legs along the way. Now I’m hurting, bleeding, crying, embarrassed because, of course, I was not alone and, I didn’t even get to play. Worse yet I had to walk all the way around the yard to the gate so I could go home and get doctored up. There was no way I was climbing that fence again.

What we need to understand is, we are either in the game or not. Being on the fence is a choice. On the fence is a difficult place to be. So, don’t take the short cut and try to climb the fence. Walk through the gate provided by our Father and get in the game. Because, I know all too well straddling the fence can be a very painful experience.

Love Y’all! Be Blessed!


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